Phylloscopus collybita - Common chiffchaff:

Summary Information
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The taxonomy of birds is still under review and the A World Checklist of Birds by Burt L. Monroe, Jr and Charles G. Sibley (B89) has been chosen as the primary reference. The taxonomic structure will be amended when new editions or complete references are identified by the scientific world as the recognized primary references for taxonomy.

Alternative Names
  • Phylloscopus collybita collybita - Eurasian chiffchaff (B89)
  • Phylloscopus collybita tristris - Siberian chiffchaff (B89)
  • Phylloscopus collybita sindianus - Mountan chiffchaff (B89)
  • -- (B164)
Distribution Eurasia; winters to northern Africa, southern Asia (B89)
Habitat Breeding - "Wide range of open deciduous and coniferous woodland, scrub, tall hedgerow" (B163)
Further Information Feeding:
  • food - mainly insects, sometimes fruit in late summer
  • feeding behaviour - foliage gleans, sometimes ground gleans


  • location and structure - sphere nest on ground or in vine tangle
  • nest building - female
  • breeding structure - monogamous


  • markings - patterned
  • number of eggs - 4-7 (3-9)
  • broods - 1 brood
  • incubation - by female; 13-15 days


  • development - Altricial
  • parental caring for young - by male and female, female more than male
  • fledging - 12-15 days

(B163, B164)

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